In 2002 my partner Julie bought me 6 ducks of different domestic varieties to have on our small farm.
Over the years, as the number of ducks around the property continued to grow, I developed an interest in avian care. I have completed several courses on avian care, rehabilitation, and oiled bird rescue. I have since had the opportunity to put my skills into real use at the Oiled Wildlife Centre in Tauranga as part of the Rena Oil Spill response team.
I am presently on the committee of WReNNZ (Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand) and have previously acted as the Chair of this network. I have also been both Vice-Chair and Chair of Wellington SPCA, as well as a trustee for Native Bird Rescue (Wellington) Trust.
I set up the charitable Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust to manage the financial side of our bird rehabilitation activities.